Spend a summer afternoon or evening with your loved ones with a picnic in the garden! The talented chefs at Mocha Cabana have created a beautiful menu featuring locally sourced products for you to enjoy while overlooking Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. 

Each package is $60 and includes a bento box for two, two regular beverages (coffee, tea, water) and admission to Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden as well as two passes to Fort Whoop Up. The garden also has a selection of Japanese beer and sake that can be purchased when you arrive.  

Guests must purchase their picnic by 4PM the previous day and enjoy it between 11AM and 4PM inside Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden - please specify the time you will be arriving when purchasing your bento boxes. In the event of poor weather you may still pick your bento box up from the garden and take it elsewhere, guests will still receive courtesy passes to visit the garden on another day.

Vegetarian and gluten-free options available, please specify when you purchase tickets.

Our picnic experience has now ended for the 2020 season. We will begin offering our Yagai Picnics in spring 2021!



Yagai Picnic Menu

Three Bento Boxes are available; regular, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Please specify the type of bento you would like when purchasing tickets. All menu items will be prepared as described, no substitutions will be available. 

Regular Bento Box

  • Rei-Shabu - Thinly sliced cold pork
  • Nikka [Japan-Canada] Sushi - Maple-soy glazed sustainable wild salmon with cucumber, green onion, sushi rice, nori
  • O-Nigiri [Rice balls] - Sushi rice, nori, sesame seeds, shisho pickle or ume [Japanese pickled apricot/plum]
  • Sushi Garnish - Wasabi paste & in-house pickled ginger
  • Vegetable Gyoza - A blend of lightly spiced vegetables in a thin noodle dough wrapper. Comes with dipping sauce
  • Cucumber Salad - A Canadian spin on a Japanese Wakame Salad. Wakame is traditionally made with fresh seaweed, but it has become popular to use cucumber instead.
  • Haskap Berry Crumble Bars

Gluten-Free Bento Box

Our gluten-free Bento Box will include extra sushi and o-nigiri in place of the gyoza.

  • Rei-Shabu - Thinly sliced cold pork
  • Nikka [Japan-Canada] Sushi - Maple-soy glazed sustainable wild salmon with cucumber, green onion, sushi rice, nori
  • O-Nigiri [Rice balls] - Sushi rice, nori, sesame seeds, shisho pickle or ume [Japanese pickled apricot/plum]
  • Sushi Garnish - Wasabi paste & in-house pickled ginger
  • Cucumber Salad - A Canadian spin on a Japanese Wakame Salad. Wakame is traditionally made with fresh seaweed, but it has become popular to use cucumber instead.
  • Gluten-Free Waffle Cookies

Vegetarian Bento Box

  • Hiyayakko - Chilled tofu
  • Summer Sushi - Sushi rice, cucumber, green onion, avocado, nori
  • O-Nigiri [Rice balls] - Sushi rice, nori, sesame seeds, shisho pickle or ume [Japanese pickled apricot/plum]
  • Sushi Garnish - Wasabi paste & in-house pickled ginger
  • Vegetable Gyoza - A blend of lightly spiced vegetables in a thin noodle dough wrapper. Comes with dipping sauce
  • Cucumber Salad - A Canadian spin on a Japanese Wakame Salad. Wakame is traditionally made with fresh seaweed, but it has become popular to use cucumber instead.
  • Haskap Berry Crumble Bars

A special thank you to the local producers featured in this Bento Box:


FAQ


Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
At this time we only offer vegetarian and gluten-free options. Many of the items include soy, seafood, and/or sesame. We, unfortunately, cannot accommodate other dietary restrictions currently. 

How many people does each picnic basket feed?
Each basket is designed to feed two people. 

Are there designated picnic areas in the garden?
Our hosts and hostesses will have set a small table and cushions in a grassy area for you to enjoy your picnic and will escort you to your picnic spot. We ask that you keep your picnic in this area. Picnics will be outdoors only with no food or drink allowed in our pavilion. However, guests are welcome to tour the garden before or after their picnic. 

Can we bring our own food/drinks?
Outside food and drink is not allowed at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. Coffee, tea, and water as well as a selection of Japanese beer and sake will be available to purchase at the garden. Guests must be 18+ with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages. 

Is the garden wheelchair accessible?
Yes! The entire garden is wheelchair accessible and our Visitors Centre has two handicapped stalls. Our staff would be happy to assist you in any way possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

Are there bathrooms inside the garden?
Yes, there are two washrooms located inside the pavilion and two washrooms, equipped with handicapped stalls, inside our Visitors Centre. All guests must remove their footwear prior to entering the pavilion to protect the softwood floors. Please use hand sanitizer provided. 

Can I bring my dog to the picnic?
Nikka Yuko only allows certified service animals in the garden at this time. 

What should I bring?
We will have a small table and cushions or chairs set up for you, but you may bring your own picnic blanket if you prefer. Please dress for the weather and bring bug spray and sunscreen. You may wish to bring a light jacket if the temperature cools off in the evening.